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La Plata Family Centers Coalition

In response to COVID the La Plata Family Centers Coalition responded quickly by coordinating food distribution and essential concrete resources. Having systems in place, strong partnerships, relationships, and the trust of our community has significantly helped us to fulfill our mission.

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Early Childhood Education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Parents
Single Parents

Description

The Early Childhood Education Program offers the Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visitation program to families with young children including free hearing, vision, and developmental screenings, and parenting education through Love and Logic workshops. Social Connection opportunities include Group Connections, December Delights, Back to School Fair, Snow Down Family Event, Fort Lewis Mesa carnival-style events and ongoing gardening projects throughout the summer.
In addition, the Family Center offers Bright by Three and parenting groups that include classes such as Love and Logic, Nurturing Parents and other educational sessions as requested by parents.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Identify the most valuable thing you learned in the Love and Logic Parenting class:
"How to handle situations effectively. I learned that I did not handle situations appropriately and upset my children in doing so. With this class, I am making wise decisions as to how to effectively handle situations."

"Empathy, I've treated my child like an adult from a young age. She didn't learn that her Mom and Dad cared for her when she was upset. We must show that we are loving and powerful."

Family Support Services

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Families
Homeless
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Family Support Services pairs caring family advocates with families to achieve self-sufficiency by providing the following: goal setting, addressing immediate needs through resource sharing and referral networks, financial coaching, and parenting education. The overall framework follows the Family Pathways Model which incorporates case management, developing increased protective factors and family strengthening over time. Intensive services typically taper off as goals are reached and families become more successfully independent and self-reliant.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In reviewing evaluation reports generated from ETO (Efforts to Outcomes database), results show positive growth in all of the 14 domains of the Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0 for those who had a follow-up assessment. Somewhat surprisingly, there was even positive growth in cash savings (29.27% of clients) and debt management (53.85% of clients) which is pretty challenging in our region of Southwest Colorado.

Colorado Community Response

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

The Colorado Community Response (CCR) program operates through a partnership with Archuleta County Department of Human Services.  The program is designed to provide family navigation services as a promising practice for preventing child maltreatment and strengthening family functioning by providing access to concrete services in times of need and assisting them in accessing formal systems and informal resources to meet those needs.  CCR aims to increase the family's protective capacities through service linkages, case advocacy and connections to both formal and informal resources.  CCR fills a gap in the child maltreatment continuum by serving families who have been reported to Archuleta County for alleged child abuse or neglect, and whose referral was either "screened out" (was not opened for investigation) or closed after initial assessment. 

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Evidence of Program's Success

Families are invited to enter anonymous comments about their CCR involvement:
A mother enrolled in the CCR program as she was in a tough situation trying to raise her daughter as a single parent. Housing was a big concern for her because she was living in an old RV in a rural town outside of Durango. Transportation was a significant barrier and as most resources are located in Durango, she had trouble accessing what she needed. She decided her first priority was to find a place to live in Durango. After reviewing the affordable housing options with her Advocate, she began doing her own research by calling each site to get on their wait list. Through her perseverance, she was able to get into a low income apartment in Durango in a relatively short period of time, which rarely happens. Since moving to Durango, she has worked closely with her Advocate to get connected with resources she can access with available public transportation. When moving from their RV, the family literally had no furniture and were sleeping on the floor. A local furniture company offered her beds at no charge if she would volunteer her time at a nonprofit of her choice. Being in Durango has afforded this family increased access to the resources she needs to achieve her selected goals. Securing safe, affordable housing has alleviated some of her stress so she is now able to focus on pursuing her professional career opportunities. This client had positive movement in two of the fourteen CFSA 2.0 domains.•

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